On September 27, 1986, pilot Theresa Bond and five passengers took off on a routine flight from Atlin, BC, in her beloved de Havilland Beaver. The Taku Air passenger list that day included local politician Al Passarell, his wife, and three of Atlin's most prominent citizensincluding larger-than-life Atlin Inn owner Joe Florence. After an uneventful eighty minutes, the plane crossed the edge of Dease Lake, turned south and descended for landing. But something went tragically wrong in those last few minutes of Flight 2653. According to eyewitnesses the Beaver nosedived into the lake at full cruising speed. As the plane sank into the icy depths of the lake, only pilot Theresa Bond managed to escape. All five passengers drowned.
The small town of Atlin was torn apart by the tragedy. Years of endless hearings and inquiries supplied few answers, only fueling the sorrow and anger of grieving family and friends. In time the furor surrounding the inquest dissipated, but for Theresa Bond, the flames of her own private hell continued to consume her. Unable to live with the guilt and loss she had caused the families of her passengers, Bond plummeted into despair.
Atlin's Anguish is a brother's dedicated and loving journey to understanding what happened that day on Dease Lake. Was it simply a lack of experience that caused Bond to lose control at such a crucial moment, or were there other circumstances that led to the crash of Flight 2653?
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About the Author
Brendan Lillis was born in Haslemere, in the county of Surrey, England, but he grew up in the neighbouring county of Hampshire. After studying management and business in London, Lillis began a successful career in sales and marketing. He worked for Beecham Group and Cadbury Schweppes Ltd., before founding Specialty Leisure Ltd. He brought the company to America in 1982, and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and Kinsale, County Cork, in Ireland. 'Atlin's Anguish' is his first book.
Table of Contents
Beaver Solo Over Paradise 9
Atlin, BC 17
Early Days in England 24
Canada, Here We Come 38
Her Northern Utopia 49
Atlin Bush Pilots 55
Fermony: That Fateful, fatal Europe Trip 63
The Food Basket 73
Theresa Hunt, Woman Bush Pilot 82
Atlin First-hand 89
Tragedy at Dease Lake 95
Her Northern Hell 100
Surviving Hell 106
The Inquest 115
More Burdens to Bear 123
The Long Road Back: Florida 130
Life Goes On 142
Chuck LePage 146
Together in Bermuda 155
The Trip that Changed Her Life: China 158
Duty Calls, Theresa 167
Questions Answered and Unanswerable 180
Last Worlds 189